MBB: Viking Men Outlast Beavers
Dec 3rd, 2010 @ 6:33 am | Author: Ryan Cunningham, NewsDakota.com
After the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) opener Thursday night, head Viking coach Jeff Kaminsky said, "Sometimes you just have to find a way to win games."
An undermanned Valley City State team dug up one an effort to fit the description.
With posts Tyler Macomber (Sr., Elk River, MN) and Mark Klingberg (Sr., Prior Lake, MN) both sidelined with illness and injury, a guard-dominated Viking lineup outdueled Minot State 59-57 at the W. E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
Mike York (Sr., Burnsville, MN) hit a running layup with 5.4 seconds left to break a 57-57 tie after a huge performance by a Beaver shooter single-handedly made the game interesting.
Kal Bay (Sr., Chandler, AZ) dropped 36 of Minot State's 57 points, including 21 in the second half, hitting rediculous shots most of the night. He finished 12-13 from the stripe, and routinely looked to draw contact on three balls throughout much of the second half.
The Beavers, however, had absolutely no other options. Only four points were scored by anyone else in the entire second half, including one field goal. The Beavers had only five field goals over the last 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, freshman Aaron Duske (Brooklyn Park, MN) continued to mature into college form, leading the Vikings with 19 points in his most solid effort to date. Calvin Kraft added 10.
The Viking lineup was so thin that a team expected to be dominated by senior play started a pair of freshman, and played a third through a lot of minutes.
Harrison Weber (Fr., Casselton, ND) made his first start for the Vikings, and scored eight points, but played a much heavier head defensively. He drew defensive assignments against big bodies, including 7' Milos Jerotijevic (So., Belgrade, Serbia).
But Bay stole the individual show, hitting six threes, including four in the first half that lead the Beavers to as large as an eight point lead in the first half. They led 32-25 at the break.
Duske hit five second-half field goals, shooting 8-10 from the field, and sticking his only three-point shot of the night, leading a Viking effort that took a 50-41 lead in the second.
The Beavers responded behind Bay, who was hit a four-point play, nailed five of six free throws after being fouled on three-point shots, and carried the Beavers to a 57-56 lead with 2:02 to go.
Viking Dustin Kise (So., Fertile, MN) hit a free throw to tie the game with 1:00 left. The Beavers were denied a shot on a Weber block with five left on the shot clock and 30 seconds to play, then turned over the ensuing inbounds pass.
The Vikings brought the ball up, then used a stoppage to set a play with 23.7 seconds left. York took the inbounds pass, ran the clock to 10 seconds, then drove right. The lane cleared, and York broke to the basket for the game-winner. Bay missed a desperation three at the buzzer.
The Vikings improve to 4-6, 1-0 in DAC play. They host Dickinson State Friday night.